Monday, September 1, 2014

Currently - September

Was it just me or was August the shortest month ever?! I feel like July was just yesterday and now it's already September 1st. Today I am linking up with Oh Boy 4th Grade's for her September Currently Linky Party. This is a fun way to get to know some of your favorite bloggers on a more personal level. (It's also a fun way to get to know new bloggers too!)


Natalie's Currently:



Listening: First, I should say that I've always been a big Taylor Swift fan. My kids can even sing some of her songs just from listening to her CD's while we drive in the car. I do love her new song and love the fun message about not letting people get you down. 

Loving: Ahh! I love 3 day weekends where my husband gets an extra day off! My husband and I work different shifts and don't get to see each other much during the school week. We live for weekends and extra little holidays where we can be together!

Thinking: I'm going to have a baby THIS month! My due date is Sept 30, but both of my kids have come early, so I'm fairly certain this will be baby month! I can't wait to meet this little guy. Newborns are my favorite and I just can't wait to hold, squeeze, and love on this sweet baby!

Wanting: So… when my husband and I were first married we bought a cute little condo. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths; it was perfect for a newlywed couple. Well, now we are about to have 3 kids and we are still sort of stuck in this condo for the current time. Due to the economy crashing, we're still waiting for prices to come up enough so that we can sell. We do plan on selling soon, but are just not quite there yet. I am wishing, and hoping, and dreaming that we can be in a house soon! 

Needing: I'm sad to admit that our baby nursery is not completely ready yet. We have painted the walls, have a crib set up, and have most of the necessary stuff for a baby, but I am still trying to piece together bedding, rugs, decor, etc. Don't worry, I think I still have a few weeks to finish it up. :)

3 Trips: 3 places I've never been that I am dying to go would be: 

1) Italy - I've been to England, Scotland, The Netherlands, and Germany, but the one place that I am dying to go to is Italy. Mostly for the food and romance, but also to see the art and beautiful buildings. 

2) Puerto Rico - I love palm trees, beaches, and anywhere that has crystal blue water! My husband lived in Puerto Rico (and part of the British Virgin Islands) for 2 years while he served a mission for the LDS church. He loved it there and can't wait to go back to visit. We've always wanted to take a trip there together and are hoping to plan a trip there within the next 2 years!

3) New York City - I have never been to New York! Can you believe it? I've been to DC, Baltimore, Boston, and Williamsburg, but never to New York. I did theatre in high school and love broadway, but for whatever reason I have never made it to the Big Apple. My husband was born in upstate NY and his family all still lives there; we just haven't been able to make the trip yet. Hopefully a trip to NYC will be in our near future!


Thanks for reading along! Visit Oh Boy 4th Grade and join the linky fun!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Technology Tip

I wanted to let you know that I'm sharing a pretty awesome "Technology Tip" over on Blog Hoppin' today. I'd love for you to "hop" on over and take a look. :)


Here's a little sneak peek for you:



Come to Blog Hoppin', leave me comment, and say hello. I'd love to hear your thoughts on the tip I shared!

Blog Hoppin

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Vegas Part 2 {TPT Conference & Other Fun}

Is it okay to post about something that happened over a month and half ago?! I sure hope so because I just realized that we never finished blogging about our Vegas trip. 

For those of you who went to Vegas; consider this a trip down memory lane. If you didn't get to go to Vegas, you might already be sick of seeing/hearing about Vegas… in that case, I apologize. :)


This picture was taken shortly after I {Natalie} got off my plane. I was greeted by some of the cutest teacher bloggers I know: Kelley, Rachelle, (Me), Amanda, Erica, Stephanie, Deedee, Cheryl, Tanya, Katie, and Hope! First thing we did: headed to lunch at the yummy Grand Luxe Cafe. 


That night was the amazing Teacher Blogger Meet Up. You can read more about that here!


The next day, while all our friends were presenting or in conferences, a few of us (Erica, Hope, Michelle, Me, and Amy) headed to Ceasar's Palace for some lunch at Planet Hollywood. 


After lunch, we quickly made our way back to our hotel for a special surprise. A few of us wanted to surprise Rachelle with a "What Would Rachelle Do?" (#wwrd) workout tank. It was in honor of her weight loss journey and the fact that she has inspired so many people to be healthier and make better food choices! I think she was pretty surprised and it's safe to say she loved it!
P.S. Thanks to Deedee for organizing and ordering the tanks! (If you would like your own Rachelle inspired "Teachers and Barbells" tank, you can order from Ruffles with Love's online shop! (Can you spot Deanna Jump, Kim Adsit, and Cara Carroll in the picture above?


Of course we had to go back to our hotel room for a little photo shoot! ;)


That night we (Holly, Amy, Hope, Michelle, Lindsey, Amanda, Elizabeth, Erica, and I) ate at the famous Serendipity's! (Yes, I tried the frozen hot chocolate, and yes, it was pretty amazing!) 


The next morning was the AMAZING TeachersPayTeachers first ever conference!!! 
The whole day was fabulous! It was so fun meeting new friends, putting faces with other teacher bloggers, learning more about the business side of TPT, and sharing the love we all have of TeachersPayTeachers.com


I think the highlight of the whole trip, for Rachelle, was meeting the infamous Paul Edelman, founder of TeachersPayTeachers! His keynote address that morning was inspirational and very powerful. We are very grateful to this man for his *little* idea of creating an online place for teachers to share their ideas and resources online while being able to earn some extra income for their families. He is such a humble and down-to-earth guy and it was an honor to meet him in person!


Here are just a few pictures from the Happy Hour that took place after the conference. Rachelle had a fun time mingling with everyone, while I got to be the special photographer for an upcoming TPT project. While I am sad I missed out on some of the Happy Hour activities and getting to know new people, I had a fun time meeting the people who came to get their photos taken! (Did I ever mention that I was 27 weeks pregnant at the conference? Take a look at my belly in the picture in the bottom right.)


The next two pictures are too good not to post on the blog! 

We were trying to get a group shot against the white backdrop and professional lights. I snapped this photo just trying to test the lighting and it could not be any more perfect! The expressions in this picture are absolutely priceless!


And here is the final shot! I sure love each of these girls so much!


This picture turned out to be the best picture of the whole trip! What could be better than a bunch of teacher bloggers laying in a circle WITH the founder of TPT?!

The last picture I have to share is this cute one of all our roommates! (Technically only 6 of us stayed in the same room, but we were all together the whole time anyways.)


Amazing friends + fun meet ups + good food + inspiring conferences… it's the recipe for an incredible vacation!! 
I am honestly already excited about our Vegas trip next year! 


Sunday, August 24, 2014

First Day of School Gift Idea

There are a ton of gift ideas out there for students on their first day of school.  I had some crazy straws left over from last year's treasure/prize box, so I thought they'd be perfect to give to my students on the first day!



I bought these last year at Target (in the party section), but I've heard they have them at Michael's and Dollar Tree.




You can download grades k-5 tag below for FREE! ;)




Hope you have a great school year!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Happy Birthday, Rachelle!

I just wanted to wish Rachelle a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY today!!




And since it's her birthday, let's just brag about this girl for a second...


Did you know that Rachelle has lost over 100 pounds? 


Did you know she started her own fitness blog and is motivating others to eat better and live a healthier lifestyle? 


Did you know she spent some time in Africa teaching at a deaf school in Kenya?




I don't want to embarrass her too much, so I'm going to end with this... 


Thank you for sharing your talents with teachers all over the world by writing this blog. Thank you for inspiring and motivating others to be live a healthy lifestyle through your own weight loss journey. Also, thank you for the happy and positive light you bring into this world. We are all better people because you were born!


HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RACHELLE! 
(and enjoy your 1st day of teaching!)



P.S. Thank you sooooo much to our friend, Nikki from Melonheadz Illustrating, for creating the cute custom graphic of Rachelle!! 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A ONE-DAY SALE on August 20th?! YAY!



Need some back-to-school writing activities? Check these out!
Inside you'll find 20 different writing activities!!


24 get-to-know-you writing activities!!


         


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Or maybe you need some extra help with Guided Reading?
Check it out HERE!


Or maybe you're planning for December already?
 





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We both start school this week, but some of you don't start back until September. Hopefully you'll be able to grab some awesome resources from the sale that will help you have a great FABULOUS year!


Cheers to a great 2014-2015 school year, everyone!!

Teacher Week: Where We Teach!



We are linking up with Blog Hoppin' for Teacher Week this week. Today we get to show off our classrooms.



Rachelle's Classroom:
Rachelle's brand new room is inspired by bright colors and chalkboards. She teaches 1st grade in a brand new school in South Salt Lake. This classroom is full of bright colors and is clean, organized, and fun. 

Read more about Rachelle's classroom here!


Natalie's Classroom:
Natalie's room is a rainbow themed computer lab. She is the computer specialist in a school in Utah Valley - the same school she attended as an elementary student! She wanted to create a fun and colorful room where students feel safe and happy. 

Read more about Natalie's classroom here!




Please join us for Teacher Week and link up with all the girls from Blog Hoppin'!!


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